All wrapped up for Christmas

Posted on Jan 2, 2020
All wrapped up for Christmas

Edinburgh sparkles in its festive costume, like this huge bow around the Rutland Hotel. I love the way the city transforms for Christmas and I can’t help getting carried away with it all, the lights along the street, the trees in the windows and the music in all the shops. So I give huge thanks […]

Merry Christmas from our family tree

Posted on Dec 26, 2019
Merry Christmas from our family tree

A sight that warms my heart, our heavy laden Christmas tree, full of colour and memories. At this time of year there is nothing better then relaxing with family at home, playing games, building Lego sculptures and watching feel good movies. And of course a wee bit of time to myself to draw the Christmas […]

Make Christmas cards from your West End sketches

Posted on Oct 20, 2019
Make Christmas cards from your West End sketches

Join me on Sunday 17th November and be inspired by Edinburgh’s Georgian architecture. Following on from my first Christmas Card themed workshop a couple of weeks ago I will be back at Paper Tiger on Stafford Street to run two more workshops in November. Each person who buys a ticket will receive a goody bag […]

Dancing on George Street to Silent Light

Posted on Nov 21, 2018
Dancing on George Street to Silent Light

Edinburgh’s Christmas Silent Light brings together two great ideas – a sparkly light installation and a silent disco! On Monday evening I found myself dancing through George Street with Mrs Sketcher and around a hundred other revellers grooving to Christmas tunes whilst 60,000 lights above my head flashed to the music. There are up to […]

Christmas at the Botanics, the final few days

Posted on Dec 29, 2017
Christmas at the Botanics, the final few days

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is currently running a magical outdoor trail of light celebrating Christmas. You have just two more chances to see this years Christmas at the Botanics, a stunning light show which is fast becoming another must do annual event in the capital. I visited it’s the family and seeing the gardens lit […]

Christmas stars, strong coffee and perfect pastries, at Victor Hugo

Posted on Dec 19, 2017
Christmas stars, strong coffee and perfect pastries, at Victor Hugo

This Edinburgh deli has been a strong favourite of Mrs Sketcher and I for a long time, ever since we discovered it as a haven of normality when our baby was staying at the Sick Kids hospital. Almost six years later and we still love sitting in the window looking out over the Meadows as […]

A family trip through Edinburgh’s Christmas

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
A family trip through Edinburgh’s Christmas

This week the Sketcher clan took a trip through Santa’s Wonderland in the Princes Street Gardens before warming up with some very fine Asian cuisine at Wagamama. Its at least an annual visit to Edinburgh’s Christmas markets and kids fun fair for the Sketcher family, we love having a go on the rides, watching the […]

Join me capturing Edinburgh’s Christmas in sketches

Posted on Dec 11, 2017
Join me capturing Edinburgh’s Christmas in sketches

Create your very own montage of festive sketches at the one off Christmas workshop in Edinburgh’s New Town Spend Friday 15th December with me picking up speed sketching tips both inside and out as we make our way around Edinburgh’s New Town, drawing some of George Streets beautiful decorations and spending some time in the Portrait […]

Festive family favourites being screened outdoors in the Cowgate

Posted on Dec 8, 2017
Festive family favourites being screened outdoors in the Cowgate

This Christmas catch a Christmas movie at the Cowgate NYC Film and Street Food Festival, in the Three Sisters courtyard.With a huge outdoor cinema screening festive favourites, together with mulled wine and American style street food this sounds like the perfect way to start your festive night out. The screenings run from Sunday to Thursday each week until December […]

A Night Under The Stars In Aid Of Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Posted on Nov 24, 2017
A Night Under The Stars In Aid Of Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Last night I ran a stall at the Prosecco and Shopping evening, the first stall of the season for me. The stunning dome roofed hall inside the Royal Bank of Scotland building at St Andrews Square has a wonderful ceiling of stars, which my sketch above (drawn from my stall) shows a small part of. The […]

Christmas is building, in Princes Street Gardens

Posted on Nov 1, 2017
Christmas is building, in Princes Street Gardens

This morning whilst walking from the old to new town I noticed Princes Street Gardens is once again busy becoming a Christmas Wonderland. On a rainy day in Edinburgh with the leaves still changing from green to orange to red is it perhaps hard to imagine the city in it’s Christmas guise, but the season […]

WhereArtI 30th October : Where in Edinburgh am I?

Posted on Oct 30, 2017
WhereArtI 30th October : Where in Edinburgh am I?

Can you tell me where in Edinburgh I have sketched? If so click the link below to email me your answer. I will pick a random winner from all correct answers on Tuesday morning. Through October I have 5 pairs of tickets to this years Foodies Festival Christmas event in Edinburgh. Each week the randomly picked winner will receive a pair of […]

Christmas doodles from two weeks with the family

Posted on Jan 27, 2017
Christmas doodles from two weeks with the family

Christmas is my favourite time of the year and this time I enjoyed two full weeks away from the computer. Although I couldn’t stop myself from sketching occasionally I did take the fortnight off to spend with family and friends and enjoyed the lack of screen time, returning in the second week of January refreshed and […]

Merry Christmas everyone, from my home to yours!

Posted on Dec 28, 2016
Merry Christmas everyone, from my home to yours!

Filled with Christmas cards, family photos and happy memories. Our festive fireplace makes me happy 🙂 This is the Sketcher family fireplace, and looking at it makes me feel all Christmassy. I hope you are all having a lovely relaxed time with family and friends, or just enjoying some peace and quiet over the festive […]